The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Can you provide the answers?


1. A tongue twister is coiled in the grid below. To spell it out, start with one letter and move to an adjacent letter in any direction. See if you can say it. (Hint: Start with a T. Three nulls.)


2. What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same eight letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?
The _______ with the magnificent voice knew he had no stage presence, so he took acting lessons and was able to _______ his opera role.

3. A simple substitution code has been used to conceal a quote. Work out the code to decipher the original words.
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater:
DSB  WLVHM’G  ZMBLMV  HVIEV  NV  ZKKOV  KRV  LMXV  RM  Z  DSROV?  R’N  GBKVXZHG!

4. You have an equal number of pennies, nickels, and dimes. You have $1.60. How many of each coin do you have?

5. Which word best fits with the following set?
Educate   Bask   Utter   Cats   ____
1) Open   2) Artist   3) Wind   4) Feature

6. Right now, Haley is twice as old as Chelsea. Six years ago, she was three times as old as Chelsea was. Their ages now, if added together, are the square of the number that is half Chelsea’s age now. How old are they now?

7. The following 14 letters can be anagrammed into a four-word song title that was heard often in January 2005.
A C E E F H H H I I L O T T

8. Simon bought a number of pies. He gave one-eighth each to Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and one-fourth to the Red Queen. He then gave four pies to his pet dog and was left with one-fourth of the original number. How many pies did he start with?

9. The following definition requires some thought, but the explanation includes all the facts.
Cupid’s specialty, musical style

Bonus Question: Who, without due process, was convicted of voting illegally after casting a ballot in the U.S. presidential election of November 1872?

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Quiz © 2017 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). Dr. Abbie F. Salny was the supervisory psychologist for American Mensa and Mensa International for more than 25 years.